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Will Byron Jones Have A Sophomore Slump?

Around the NFL, players are preparing for the upcoming 2016 season, but not all of them are at the same stage in their careers as others. Rookies will be entering their first year in the league not quite knowing what to expect, while seasoned veterans more than likely  already have a routine they have followed for a while now. It’s the players entering their second year in the league that seem to struggle and go through some kind of regression, often referred to as their sophomore slump. Have you ever wondered why that is? My theory is that as rookies, the players are kept so busy after their final college game finding an agent, training, interviews, and different workouts with teams, that  they don’t have time to become complacent.

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Cowboys Headlines - Will Byron Jones Have A Sophomore Slump?

Around the NFL, players are preparing for the upcoming 2016 season, but not all of them are at the same stage in their careers as others. Rookies will be entering their first year in the league not quite knowing what to expect, while seasoned veterans more than likely  already have a routine they have followed for a while now.

It's the players entering their second year in the league that seem to struggle and go through some kind of regression, often referred to as their sophomore slump.

Have you ever wondered why that is?

My theory is that as rookies, the players are kept so busy after their final college game finding an agent, training, interviews, and different workouts with teams, that  they don't have time to become complacent. They are drafted and are kind of thrown into the fire. They have to move to a new city, learn a new playbook, and have to get to know their new teammates all in a matter of months before the season kicks off.

Entering their second year in the league though they have to kind of learn how to do things for themselves. They don't have someone holding their hand anymore telling them when they need to workout or prepare for the upcoming season. They have the entire off-season to themselves and it's up to them to figure out how to become a professional.

Sometimes all it really takes to stay on track is self-motivation and often times that simple personality trait can help avoid the dreaded sophomore slump.

Well, that's my theory anyway.

In regards to the Dallas Cowboys, they have a few players that are entering their second seasons in the NFL and should be major contributors to the team's success or failure in 2016.

Byron Jones and La'el Collins should both be starters when the season kicks off, and one or both of them could struggle with the so-called sophomore slump.


Cowboys Headlines - Will Byron Jones Have A Sophomore Slump? 1If I'm being completely honest, I'm not too concerned about Collins struggling because if all else fails the Cowboys can always resort to putting Ronald Leary back at left guard, but they don't have that luxury with Jones.

It's no secret that the Cowboys secondary is probably one of the weak links in their chain, and one of the reasons why Jones was so valuable to the defense in 2015.

Jones played a variety of positions on defense in 2015. He played as an outside corner, in the slot, free safety, and even as a dime linebacker.

It was really encouraging to see how well he responded to everything that was thrown at him as a rookie and that is one of the reasons why I have a hard time seeing Jones have any kind of sophomore slump.

If the rumors are true, then Jones will be moving to free safety full-time and will only have to focus solely on learning the intricacies of playing that position. He won't have to jump back and forth from corner to safety, and it should really help him improve as a player.

The Cowboys organization and especially the defense, is really expecting big things from Jones in 2016. I don't think he can afford to go through a sophomore slump if the team expects to make any kind of run for the playoffs.

So, do you think Byron Jones will have a sophomore slump in 2016?

Please feel free to use the comment section below so that we can discuss this topic further.


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REPORT: Signs Point to Elliott, Cowboys Finalizing Contract Extension

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Will No Preseason Work Hurt Ezekiel Elliott's Early Season Production?

Our long Cowboys National nightmare may close to ending. According to Kevin Turner of 105.3 The Fan, there's news coming in that points to Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys soon reaching an agreement and ending Zeke's holdout.

The following was just tweeted this morning from Turner's account:

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BREAKING: Hello, talented media personality KT here, same source tells me Zeke is booked to return from Cabo tomorrow. Another source tells @Shippyfunsports the Cowboys and Zeke were in contact late last night, and that a deal could come together over the weekend. @1053thefan https://t.co/hdiGHoaiVb

We had just heard yesterday that Dallas offered Zeke a deal that would make him the second-highest paid RB in football behind Todd Gurley. Was that enough to get Elliott to sign, or perhaps the basis that Zeke's team used to make a final counteroffer which Dallas agreed to?


Hopefully we'll find out all those details very soon. For now, we can just take hope in these signs of light at the end of this contract dispute tunnel.

The Cowboys aren't the same team without Ezekiel Elliott. With so much at stake in this 2019 season, it's time to get this deal done and get ready to win.


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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL’s Second Highest-Paid RB

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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL's Second Highest-Paid RB

Negotiations are picking up in Dallas. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the Dallas Cowboys have offered All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott a new contract that would make him the second-highest-paid running back in the NFL.


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Sources: The most recent offer in negotiations between holdout Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys came from the team. Elliott has been offered a contract making him one of the NFL's 2 highest-paid RB. That would suggest team offering more than LeVeon Bell and less than Todd Gurley.

This would put Elliott just below Todd Gurley's four-year 60 million dollar deal and just ahead of Le'Veon Bell's four-year 52.5 million dollar deal. He's currently set to make 3.9 million in 2019 under his current contract. Deadlines make deals and it appears the Cowboys understand this. More to come.


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Report: Amari Cooper Likely out for the Rest of the Preseason

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Report: Amari Cooper Likely out Until Week 1

Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is likely out for the remainder of the preseason according to ESPN's Todd Archer. He is currently dealing with a form of plantar fasciitis that has kept him out of practice since August 6th.

The three-time pro bowler changed life in Dallas last season as the team went 7-2 in it's final nine games after he was acquired to win the NFC East. Cooper isn't worried about any long term effects, though, as this is something he's familiar with.

"I'm not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn't matter," Cooper said. "I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before."


The Cowboys host the Houston Texans this Saturday in what is known as the "dress rehearsal" game before the regular season. Starters normally play about a half of football to get the juices flowing for when games really count in September. Ideally, the plan would be for Cooper and Dak Prescott to get a rhythm of sorts before the season starts but that will have to wait until the team prepares to take on the New York Giants on September 8th.

However, the good thing here is this issue doesn't seem to be serious and Cooper will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.


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